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Calling all dancers — A contra dance sponsored by Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance, featuring caller Sargon deJesus, will be held Jan. 12 at Christ Episcopal Church parish hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Road, Chaptico. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the dancing begins at 7:30. Beginners are encouraged to arrive at 7 to get some instruction in the various dances. Admission is $8 for non-SMTMD members, $6 for members (band members are free). There will be an ice cream social following the dance. For directions, go to www.smtmd.org.

Oldies music — Alan Blair and the Prospect Band will play 8 p.m.-midnight Jan. 11. at Miss Motley’s Cafe in the old Bel Alton High School, 9501 Crain Highway, Bel Alton. Cover $10. There is a cash bar. For table reservations, call 301-392-9794 or go to www.belaltonalumnicdc.org.

Book signing — Author S.E. Simpson of Mechanicsville will sign copies of her book, “Ginger & the Bully,” from 1-3 p.m. Jan. 12 at Sixty-Six Beans Coffee Lounge, 29948 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall.

Art show — The artists of the North End Gallery will host a “Winter’s Tale” show until Jan. 27 at the gallery, 41652 Fenwick St., Leonardtown. Call 301-475-3130 or go to www.northendgallery.org.

Work on display — The art center in Prince Frederick is showing original work by local artists Suzanne Shelden, Lonnie Harkins, Monica Richards, Faith Gaillot, Michelle Steiger, Gee Freedman and Mark Hayes. Works include floral and nature studies, landscapes, marine scenes and abstract design. The gallery is at 559 Solomons Island Road. Call Jill DeVries at 443-975-7313.

Art for the animals — ArtWorks7th will hold a fundraiser this month for the Calvert Animal Welfare League. Artists are offering animal-themed artwork and will donate a percentage of their sales to CAWL. Go to www.cawlrescue.org or email cawlcomcast.net. ArtWorks7th is at 9100 Bay Ave., North Beach. Call 410-286-5278.

Get set — A beginner Irish-set dance class is held 7:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays in St. Mary’s County. Call 301-475-3542 or email cdpclarktqci.net for location.

Multimedia exhibit — Charles County Arts Alliance continues its presentation of Charles County artists with a multimedia exhibit in its newly opened Waldorf West Gallery. The exhibit, which includes “White Irises” by local artist Mary Kercher, will be on display through January. The library is at 10405 O’Donnell Place, Waldorf. Go to www.charlescountyarts.org.

Plan ahead

Fundraiser — Area bands will perform at a benefit for Adam Lumpkins, a 5-year-old battling leukemia, noon-8 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Mechanicsville Moose Lodge, Mechanicsville. Bands will include No Green Jelly Beenz, R&R Train, Franklin Square Band, Justin Crenshaw, Groove Span and Road House. Tickets are $10 per person, free for children 12 and younger. Call Linda Tippett at 240-925-0133 or Cindy Stone at 240-925-2709.

‘Bright’ lights — Port Tobacco Players will hold a fundraiser for United Way of Charles County with their production of “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” PTP will donate $1 of each ticket sold to the United Way. Production runs from Jan. 25-Feb. 10. Tickets are adults, $17; seniors 60 and older, youth through high school and military with ID, $14. Performances will be held at 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Call 301-932-6819 or go to www.ptplayers.org.

Auditions — Chesapeake Choral Arts Society, under the direction of Michael K. Santana, will conduct auditions beginning at 6:30 p.m. by appointment Jan. 14. Alternate dates may be arranged. Auditions will take place at Peace Lutheran Church, 401 E. Smallwood Drive, Waldorf. The choir meets rehearses at the church 7-9 p.m. Mondays. Call Carol at 301-642-0594.

Glee — Purdue University’s Varsity Glee Club will perform at 7 p.m. Jan. 19 at the College of Southern Maryland’s La Plata campus, 8730 Mitchell Road. The musical troupe (60-men strong) employs a versatile repertoire. Purchase tickets ($15 plus surcharge) at www.chesapeakechoral.com. Purchase tickets ($20 all ages) at the door (cash and checks only). Call 301-642-0594.

Fantasy Night — The Mechanicsville Optimist Club will hold its 28th annual Fantasy Night at 6:30 p.m. March 9 at the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department social hall, 28165 Hills Club Road, Mechanicsville. Musical guest will be No Green Jelly Beenz. Tickets are $125 per couple and include open bar and a buffet dinner. Contact Dennis Reed at 301-884-3628 or rdreedaol.com or Kim Rye at 240-417-2044 or Rye.kimberly@00yahoo.com.